MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HEATHER KIRCHHOFF!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Heather Kirchhoff. I write Young Adult and paranormal. I also write realistic fiction.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I’ve been wanting to write about the topic in my first book, The Last Night, for a while. It deals with suicide. I feel like that is something that needs to be talked about a lot more in books, other than just saying that it happened. I feel like what happens to everyone else after the fact needs to be shown in books, and that’s exactly what I did in The Last Night.
Honestly, I wrote The Last Night hoping to inspire someone to keep going, to never give up no matter how hard it may get. I’ve had plans to write a book about suicide in hopes of saving some lives since I started writing. It wasn’t until I almost lost someone to suicide that I decided I should get to working on a book that’ll show readers what can happen to someone after one commits suicide. Once one of my classmates killed himself sophomore year of high school—about eight months after I almost lost someone to that—I realized I needed to get to it as soon as possible. I began working on The Last Night and six months later it was completed. I published it hoping it’d bring awareness to bullying and, as I’ve said, suicide. I also published it hoping that someone would realize they’re not alone—everyone struggles with something.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
There’s so many options when it comes to paranormal stories.
For realistic fiction, I want to help others feel like they’re not alone with whatever they are struggling or dealing with.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The first book in my Magic series is published. I am working on adding to the second one, and will hopefully have it out in 2019.
The series is about a young witch who is on the run. She’s being hunted down by her people due to her powers.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I was thinking one day back when I first started writing about how neat it would be to have unlimited powers. I decided to create this world where my main character, Meagan, is the only witch who has more than one power.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. It was going to be six books, but I’ve cut it down to four.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I usually write on my couch. I don’t really set a writing goal, but I probably should.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do. I’m currently working on a YA novel called Forever Yours.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I pick out names that I think fits the character.
Where do your ideas come from?
Anywhere, really. I get ideas randomly. I get them from music, people watching, and thinking.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think they’re helpful. I have a couple, and I plan on having another one made for Forever Yours.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Besides writing? The readers.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m hoping to be a full-time author then. I’m also hoping to be living in my forever home.
Have you always liked to write?
No. I didn’t start writing until I was thirteen.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up. Keep trying. Keep writing. And definitely research the publishing industry before you publish or submit a manuscript to publishers/agents.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d love to be a photographer.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I used to, but I don’t anymore.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Marketing. I haven’t completely figured it out yet.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I love reading paranormal stories. I enjoy other ones as well, but paranormal is my absolute favorite.
Where did your love of books come from?
I didn’t like to read until I read The Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley when I was in sixth grade.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite book.
But I will read anything by Richelle Mead, Alyson Noel, Stephenie Meyer, and my author friends.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original. I can’t write something unless I actually want to.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Kate Marie Robbins, Line F. Nielsen, Nadege Richards, Bree Vanderland, Genevieve Scholl, Melina Turner. They help encourage me, or will read over my book for me.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1414316018810103/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for having me!